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Lev Polugaevsky vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1980), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 8, Aug-04
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Taimanov Gambit (E17)  ·  0-1



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  offramp: 20.Rxf4 - white has a serious attack!

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But Kortschnoi very skilfully defends. With 27...Kxd7 play goes into a ♖+♗ v ♖+♘ ending.

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Kortschnoi plays this with great skill and patience. It is rather like Bogoljubov vs Lasker, 1924.

Jul-05-14  Howard: Kasparov alludes to this game in his annotations to Kasparov-Karpov, 2nd match game, 1984. One of the players here sprang an improvement around the 8th move, but I don't recall offhand if it was Korchnoi or Polugaevsky.
Jul-07-14  Howard: Just looked it up in the Informant....Korchnoi's 8...Bc6 was an apparent novelty, and Kasparov states that this move helped put 8.Nd4 out of date.

But what was the purpose behind 8...Bc6 ? Seems like an illogical move to me.

Jul-07-14  Howard: This marathon, by the way, has a soporific stretch of over 30 moves in which nothing gets captured at all !
Jul-07-14  catlover: <But what was the purpose behind 8...Bc6 ? Seems like an illogical move to me.>

About all I see is that it moves the bishop to a square where it is protected, thereby un-pinning the pawn on d5.

Jul-09-14  Howard: You're quite correct ! Thanks for pointing it out---had not seen that idea.

Played this game over back in '85...hope to look at it again someday.

Jan-28-16  Howard: This game has a rather dull stretch of about 25-30 moves in which both players seem to be trying to outmaneuver each other.

At any rate, where was the point of no return, as far as when Polugaevsky threw away the draw for good ? Hard to say...

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  Retireborn: <Howard> My notes to this game give 69.Re2 as the losing move, and suggests 69.Rxf7 Kxf7 70.Kd3 Ke6 71.Ke4 Ne7 72.Bf4 Nc6 73.b5! axb5 74.Bxc7 Na5 75.Bxb6 Nxb3 76.Kd3 as giving good drawing chances (although I can't say it is a definite draw.)
Aug-01-18  Howard: 13.Re8 ! was an improvement that the Korchnoi camp cooked up, and it was one of the few times in this match where Korchnoi outplayed Polug in the opening.
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